We stayed at Oldavai camp for 1 night on October9th, 2013.
The location is unique and the area had a wild desolate beauty to it.
The masai staff are friendly and there is an authentic feel to the camp.
We are vegetarian and the food was simple and and tasty.
On arrival we were greeted by the staff and taken to the bar for a welcome drink which is a lovely area to relax. This was much needed after the long bumpy dusty journey to the camp. It was a short walk to our tent. The tents are built on a wooden platform at ground level so you have an area of wooden decking for having a drink and enjoying the view. The tents were simply furnished, clean, comfortable bed and plenty of hot water.
I highly recommend going on the sunset safari walk where you are accompanied by 2 Masai guides to a nearby rock kopje where you can watch the sunset over the desert and watch the Masai herding their goats. It’s very peaceful and good to talk about the history of the camp and the local people.
I would recommend staying at Oldavai camp as it breaks up the long drive between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. I am very glad we stayed at Oldavai but I think one night is sufficient. It was a beautiful area and the camp has a real ‘Out of Africa’ feel.
We visited Oldavai museum which was about 15kms away on a dusty bumpy road - this was really interesting (it costs $18 USD pp) and we also went to local masai village where for $50 USD per group you are given a traditional masai dance welcome (you participate) and a tour of their camp. This was good, however we did not appreciate the "hard sell" by the masai elder for us to buy things - we ended up buying 2 things which we did not need and would have been cheaper in Arusha.
We also stayed at Rivertrees, Mawe Ninga, Gibbs Farm and Alex Walker in Nth Serengeti before we went to see gorillas in Rwanda.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Olduvai Camp has only 17 tents, built around a big kopje. His location in the heart of the NCA is ideal for treks, especially along the Olduvai gorges. Every tent has a good comfort: big beds (doubles or twins) with quality bedding, pillows, covers etc...Necessary furniture, terrace with safari chairs, bathroom inside the structure (WC, hot shower with running water, small sink). The camp is eco-friendly, using solar panels (for lights, water heating etc.), Recycling garbage, water saving etc. Olduvai Camp is a must not to be missed if you like to experience an unforgettable overnight in the bush, between the famous Ngorongoro crater and the endless plains of Serengeti. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Olduvai Camp Hotel Serengeti National Park